I have had this pattern for years it seems & have kept on bringing it out & almost deciding to make it. I even got so far as to cut out the tissue pieces, but never quite committed scissors to cloth. That is despite seeing all of Zoe’s renditions in wonderful stash & vintage fabrics. At the Goldhawk Road Fandango I even remember asking her advice about it, length & fit etc but it took another year or so before just getting on with it.
The fabric in question: teal linen, a mere metre, not enough for a Ginger, but enough to make the longer view of this skirt. That I’m afraid was my decision maker as I did buy envisioning another Ginger (until the roll ran out at 1m!) I think I may also have been wary that the yoke would require fitting & not be straight forward. How wrong I was. I took the precaution of tissue fitting it with no real issues – & when it was made up it was just fine. (Although I could probably lose an inch around the yoke if I am honest & it would look a bit more snug & shapely on the waist). This skirt’s top sits just on my belly button, it is reasonably low slung, & very comfortable!
I used some left over polka dot from my recent New Look 6000 for pocket linings – if ever these two fabrics deserved to be together it is like this. Shame I don’t have enough left to make a top…..
So I used an invisible zip purely because that was the closest that I had in colour. Man I am so grateful for my invisible zip foot, I appear to be getting better at putting invisizips in with fewer glaring errors & fewer unpickings (none this time woo hoo!)
I decided to line it also (with the last of my pricey but most satisfying-in-the-number-of-garments-it-is-now-the-lining-of-lawn)
& worked out the steps in my head:
- Make skirt but don’t sew up the back seam
- Make up yoke & attach to skirt
- Insert zip
- Sew back seam
- Make pleats/ tucks in lining at waist
- Sew lining but only at side seams
- Attach each side of lining to zip seam allowance
- Sew lining back seam
- Attach lining to the skirt/ yoke seam allowance
- Attach Yoke facing to zip seam allowance & then sew to yoke top
- Attach yoke facing (turned to inside) to lining either by hand or stitching in the ditch from the right side.
- Set lining hem & add lace (I used my overlocker so that the raw edge was finished at the same time, then edge-stitched the hem’s seam allowance to the skirt). The lace is disappointing in its cheapness, but it was all I had to go the distance & better than nothing…
You may see flaws in this progression, but if it helps anyone with their thinking, it worked for me ….loving it with that Kimono sleeve tee
I LOVE having pockets in a skirt, I know, when did I wake up? But even for a skirt for work, especially helpful for stashing small things I might forget to add to my handbag (headache tabs, a bit of money) super useful & saves my brain in the morning, which let’s face it needs all the help it can get.
I love this pattern but am not sure if it is the most flattering shape on me. I feel sure I will try again with a smaller waist & make it out of something with a bit more groove next time now I know how the style handles. I do have something in mind – some furnishing fabric – very a la Zoe – if I have enough ….